NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health authorities braced for further increases in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths on Friday, capping a week in which the spread of the novel coronavirus accelerated ahead of next week’s Thanksgiving holiday.
FILE PHOTO: A patient arrives outside Maimonides Medical Center, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 17, 2020.
Daily COVID-19 deaths surpassed the 2,000 mark for the first time since late June on Thursday.
THANKSGIVING FEARSU.S. officials have pleaded with the public to avoid unnecessary travel and exercise caution as the winter holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas approach.
It now projects 471,000 coronavirus deaths by March 1, up from less than 440,000 in its previous forecast.
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